Les lacs de la Forêt d'Orient

With its huge Regional Nature Park of the Orient Forest, Aube is a green and blue oasis to live in. Water is everywhere. And for good reason, in this land of streams and ponds, three large artificial lakes have been built: the Lac d’Orient, the Lac du Temple and the Lac Amance.

Welcome to the land of the great lakes which combines leisure, nature and heritage!

the 3 lakes of the Orient Forest

Lake Orient

Lake Orient (2500 ha) is the largest body of water in the department. Its beaches are a delight for visitors who come here to enjoy the freshness and activities for the whole family. From March to November, the Orient Lake becomes a paradise for sailing enthusiasts (dinghies, small dinghies and windsurfers…). It is also the main ornithological reserve with areas set aside for observation. The lake is also famous for its submerged forest, which can be discovered from May to August by kayak thanks to guided tours or by practising independently.


Lake Amance

Lake Amance has a very good infrastructure to welcome visitors. In addition to swimming, the Port Dienville leisure centre has quickly become the home base for jet-skiers, water-skiers and other lovers of motorboats and speed! You can rent motorboats, get a sailing licence, practice jet-skiing and water-skiing. The wind is blowing in your face!

Water skiing in Dienville

The Temple Lake

A paradise for small sailors, fishermen and nature lovers… The Lac du Temple represents 2,000 hectares of calm water, surrounded by unspoilt nature. Its name comes from a legend which tells that the Templars buried their treasure there. It is the kingdom of fishing and small sails that cohabit smoothly with the many species of birds that nest in the vicinity. Here silence reigns, only disturbed by the splash of oars or the cry of a coot. Night carp fishing is becoming increasingly popular, attracting more and more enthusiasts each year. Today, the Temple Lake is classified as a “National Nature Reserve”; it offers space and tranquillity.

Pointe de Charlieu - Lac du Temple (RNN de la Forêt d'Orient) - Pascal Bourguignon

Swimming spots around the lakes and in the Aube

The shores of Lake Orient and Lake Amance have facilities suitable for swimming, relaxing and water sports. Sanitary control of bathing water is carried out by the Regional Health Agency and remains a constant concern of the Ministry of Health, which draws up regulations in this area on the basis of European directives.


Tailor-made activities

So that everyone can practice their favourite activity in complete safety, each of the lakes has been assigned a specific purpose, with specific facilities.

– On the shores of the Orient Lakes and Lake Amance, several fine sandy beaches are waiting for you and your family. – The banks of the Temple lake, wilder, are the silent kingdom of silent fishermen like their carps. Notice to all amateurs! – On the Lac d’Orient, a wide range of water sports activities await freshwater sailors: catamarans, dinghies, windsurfers, canoes and pedalos sail in harmony. – Jet-skiing, water-skiing and motorboating have their own space to evolve in complete safety: Lake Amance.

Tourist map of the Great Lakes of the Forêt d’Orient

Grands Lacs de la Forêt d'Orient

Croque ton Parc


Under the banner “Croque ton Parc”, the Regional Natural Park of the Orient Forest promotes the producers of its territory. They open their doors to you to discover the products of their farms and share their know-how.


Regional Natural Park of the Forêt d’Orient

Discover the territory of the Regional Natural Park of the Forêt d’Orient and the lakes, for your holidays or a weekend, with accommodation on a human scale. Around these 3 lakes (Orient, Temple and Amance), near the Lac du Der, take advantage of the facilities for swimming and water sports (kayaking, sailing, kite-surfing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, fishing, etc.). Moor your boat at the Mesnil saint Père or Dienville marinas. The Park team offers you year-round activities in an exceptional natural setting (lakes, deep forests, ponds). Follow the nature guide on foot, horseback, bicycle or kayak to discover the richness of the territory. The area is a great place for birdwatching, with over 265 species of birds, including migrating cranes and black storks.

Forêt d’Orient Regional Nature Park
Maison du Parc – 10220 Piney – France Tél +33 (0)325 433 888 – Fax +33 (0)325 415 409


Grands Lacs de Champagne Tourist Office

Brienne-le-Château is located in the Forêt d’Orient Regional Nature Park, in the heart of the Great Lakes of Champagne. This town of about 3000 inhabitants is remarkable for its magnificent castle overlooking the region and for its rich history. The town, influential in the kingdom of France since the 10thcentury, was made famous as far away as the East by Jean de Brienne, King of Jerusalem and Emperor of Constantinople at the beginning of the 12thcentury, and the passage of the most famous of emperors: Napoleon I, to whom a museum is dedicated. Follow the route of the timber-framed churches to discover buildings with unique architecture in small rural villages. Let yourself be seduced by the village of Soulaines-Dhuys, known as the Green Venice, and meet the Royer family who will share their passion for clay in their traditional tile factory.

Grands Lacs de Champagne Tourist Office
34, rue de l’Ecole Militaire – 10500 Brienne-le-Château Tél +33 (0)3 25 92 82 41


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